Share of adults taking three or more prescribed medicines in England 2013, by illness

This statistic displays the proportion of individuals who take three or more prescription medicines in England in 2013, by gender and longstanding illness. In this year, 40 percent of men and 45 percent of women with a limiting longstanding illness took at least three prescribed medicines in the last week.

Proportion of individuals taking three or more prescribed medicines in England on 2013, by gender and longstanding illness

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Source

Release date

December 2014

Region

United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

January to December 2013

Number of respondents

11,633*

Age group

16 years and older

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

* Weighted bases: n (men) =5,658; n (women) = 5,975.
Prescribed medicines exclude smoking cessation products and contraceptives.
Longstanding illness is any physical or mental health condition or illness lasting or expected to last 12 months or more. A limiting longstanding illness is one that reduces a person's ability to carry out day-to-day activities.

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